Hospital says woman clear of H1N1 before death

Friday, September 4, 2009
Issue 810, Page 3
Word count: 658
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The 40-year-old local woman was clear of H1N1 virus before she died of multiple organ failure caused by pneumonia and respiratory failure on Wednesday, the Conde de São Januário Hospital (CHCSJ) said.

The Health Bureau (SS) gave a press conference to summarise the past Influenza A (H1N1) cases in Macau yesterday.

According to CHCSJ acting director Lei Wai Seng, although the woman had no record of chronic illness, the hospital found during her hospitalisation in the intensive care unit that she was a Hepatitis B carrier which was not to her knowledge.

In addition, Mr Lei said the 40-year-old reacted positively to the anti-virus treatment and thus on the seventh day of hospitalisation at CHCSJ on August 24, she tested negative for H1N1 flu for three consecutive days.

However, after entering the second week, Mr Lei said the patient’s immune system severely deteriorated which made her unable to recover from pneumonia, and at the same time she kept suffering from serious respiratory failure.

Eventually her condition got worse again on Wednesday morning but cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) failed to save her life. Mr Lei said she died of pneumonia and respiratory failure which led to multiple organ failure.

Deputy director of the Health Bureau and director of CHCSJ, Chan Wai Sin, said there was no negligence in the medical process and Kiang Wu Hospital had correctly followed the health guidelines before transferring the woman to CHCSJ.

Total cases amount to 1,078

Between Wednesday and yesterday afternoon, 33 new H1N1 flu cases were reported, taking the total number to 1,078 in Macau.

The new patients were 15 females and 18 males, at age one to 70.

Three more people were discharged from the hospital after treatment. Six were still being hospitalised in the isolation ward, and most of them were in good condition.

The health authority said 90 percent of the people found to have contracted H1N1 were ordered to undergo home observation after being given prescription drugs and guidelines.

The measure was effective so far and to date 194 patients were under medical observation at home, the officials said.

As of yesterday afternoon, a total of 255 people were admitted into the hospital for H1N1 flu, while 248 of them were already discharged.

Of them, seven were pregnant women, but six were already recovered and returned home.

On the other hand, from August 22 to yesterday noon, Macau reported altogether 523 H1N1 flu cases, representing an average of 47.5 cases daily.

When compared to the previous week from August 14 to August 21, a notable increase was showed as only 30.7 average daily cases were found.

Among the 523 patients, the youngest was nine months old, whilst the oldest was 83 years old.

Mr Chan said most of the cases were reported on people between 10 and 24 years old.

Over the past 11 days, Macau also saw multiple large collective infection of H1N1 flu. They included six cases at the Santa Lucia Centre in Coloane, 50 cases in the Flying Eagle military summer camp, 18 cases from the Affiliated School of the University of Macau in a Hong Kong leadership training camp, and also 19 cases in a camping activity in China’s Zhongshan held by Pak Kap Chow Baptist Church.

Since the school commenced Tuesday, no report was made regarding students having flu symptoms.

Mr Chan said it showed that the anti-flu measures implemented on school campuses were “satisfactory”.

H1N1 vaccines

Mr Chan said the pharmaceutical factory in Switzerland is expected to deliver H1N1 vaccines to Macau between November and December this year.

He also said that the quality of the vaccines is assured as the producer is one of the three top pharmaceutical factories in the country and has also received a large volume of H1N1 vaccine order from the US.

In addition, since the Health Bureau started to provide free 2009/2010 winter flu vaccines to certain eligible groups Tuesday, 925 residents already got inoculated so far.

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